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    Are Cheetos and Other Top Cheese Puff Brands Gluten-Free?

    Jefferson Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      Are Cheetos gluten-free? What about other top brands of cheese puffs? Here's the lowdown on Cheetos and other great brands of cheese flavored snacks.

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    Celiac.com 06/06/2019 - One question we hear regularly is: Are Cheetos Gluten-Free? And what about other top brands of puffed, cheese flavored snacks? Well, Chester Cheetah can purr proudly, because America's best-selling brand of puffed cheese flavored snacks are in fact gluten-free. What other brands of cheesy puffed snacks are gluten-free?

    Gluten-Free Cheetos and Cheese Flavored Snacks

    Gluten-Free Cheetos and Cheese flavored puffed snacks include:

    • Annie's Organic Cheddar Cheesy Puffs--Organic, gluten-free and made with 8 grams of baked whole grains.
    • Biena Chickpea Puffs--Made with chickpeas, and lentils, Biena Chickpea Puffs boast seven grams of plant protein, and come in Aged White Cheddar, Blazin’ Hot, and Vegan Ranch flavors.
    • Cheetos Baked Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Curls Winter White Cheddar Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeño Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Crunchy Flamin' Hot Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Crunchy Flamin' Hot Chipotle Ranch Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Crunchy Flamin' Hot Limón Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Crunchy XXtra Flamin' Hot Flavored Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Fantastix! Chili Cheese Flavored Corn and Potato Snacks 
    • Cheetos Fantastix! Flamin’ Hot Flavored Corn and Potato Snacks 
    • Cheetos Paws Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Puffs Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Puffs Flamin' Hot Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Puffs Simply White Cheddar Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Puffs Simply White Cheddar Jalapeno Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Reduced Fat Puffs Cheese Flavored Snacks
    • Cheetos Reduced Fat Puffs Flamin' Hot Cheese Flavored Snacks  
    • Chester's Bacon Cheddar Flavored Fries
    • Chester's Flamin' Hot Flavored Fries
    • Chester's Flamin' Hot Flavored Popcorn
    • Earth Balance Gluten Free Vegan Aged White Cheddar Puffs
    • Hippeas Chickpea Puffs
    • I Heart Keenwah Aged Cheddar Quinoa Puffs--Aged Cheddar Quinoa Puffs are made from ancient grains, real cheese flavor, spices, and paprika for irresistible taste and crunch. Each serving has 5 grams of protein, just 120 calories, and is certified Gluten-Free.
    • Lesser Evil Paleo Puffs "No Cheese" Cheesiness--Naturally gluten- and grain-free and totally vegan.
    • Luke's Organic Organic White Cheddar Cheese Puffs--Made from natural ingredients like organic whole grain corn and rice, a sustainable oil blend, and real cheddar cheese. USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free
    • Market Pantry Cheddar Cheese Flavored Cheese Puffs Corn Snacks
    • Pea Puffs - Original
    • Snikiddy Organic Mac’n’Cheese Baked Puffs, Grilled Cheese Baked Puffs, and Cheddar Cheese Baked Fries 
    • Trader Joe's Trader Giotto's Oven-Baked, Gluten-Free, Low Carb Cheese Bites
    • Utz Cheese Balls Snack Barrel--Made with real cheese! Utz's giant barrel of crunchy cheese treats is gluten-free snack without partially hydrogenated fats. 
    • Vegan Rob's Dairy-Free Cheddar Puffs are gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher.


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    We list Barbara's as gluten-safe because Barbara's allergen statement reads: Contains Milk. Manufactured in a facility that also processes sesame seeds, wheat, peanuts, almond, cashew, filbert, hazelnut, macadamia nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, walnut, and coconut. 

    Have a good cheese puff story? What are your favorite gluten-free puffed cheese snacks snacks?


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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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